Best Workplaces for Commuters

Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) is “an innovative membership program that provides qualified employers with national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits, such as free or low cost bus passes and vanpool fares and strong telework programs.” There are several colleges and universities listed as top for 2010 or you can view workplaces by state.  Looking for a “greener” workplace – check out these lists!

A Carpooling Social Network

Thinking about carpooling but don’t know how to connect with people locally? NPR has a podcast on – a social networking site that matches people to arrange rides together. It’s free to join to arrange sharing but also has a function to allow members to share the costs of the trip, charging a 10 percent transaction fee. More information on how this works, including what happens if there is an accident can be found on their FAQs page.

Try public transportation

Encourage library staff to take public transportation (if its an option in your area). Many universities offer such perks as free bus passes for students and staff. One of the aspects I loved about working at the University of Colorado at Boulder was this benefit they called the Eco-Pass. I took the bus to work (even to the airport in Denver) for free, never had to worry about parking or paying to park. I read somewhere that Arizona State in Tempe offers this same benefit. I’m sure other places do as well. If not, think about carpooling. In the end, it saves the individual money, saves the institution from providing more parking facilities, offers a great perk for potential employees, all while cutting back on car emissions.

Additional comment: I just read that offering this transit benefit to employees is tax free under IRS codes!